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Glaciologist, Climatologist, and World Explorer to visit Campus

O'Donnell, Sonja Krusic – December 19, 2012

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, will be visiting campus this week. Dr. Mayewski has led more than 50 expeditions throughout Earth’s remotest regions and has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes, PBS NOVA, ABC Good Morning America, BBC, Fox News, and NPR Fresh Air and the Diane Rehm Show.

In addition to publishing over 300 papers on climate-related research, quoted in all the current textbooks on the subject, Dr. Mayewski co-authored The Ice Chronicles, a book that captures the adventure of scientific research in remote reaches of the Earth and relates important new breakthroughs in the understanding of climate change. In 2011, Dr. Mayewski collaborated with Michael Cope Morrison to produce a new book, Journey into Climate.

In this collection of adventure stories and restored period photos, Mayewski and Cope tell their personal experiences traveling to some of the Earth’s most challenging places, the scientific discoveries they made there, and their journey from a “gradualist” viewpoint-thinking—that humanity was an inconsequential observer in a slowly changing climate—to the realization that we are deeply, irrevocably involved in the short- and long-term fate of a temperamental climate capable of dramatic changes in a matter of only a few years.

The following is a schedule of events for the days Dr. Mayewski will be on campus.

We hope you will join in on any and all, in spite of this event falling on the last days before a much deserved winter holiday. (Dr. Mayewski encourages interested readers to purchase Journey into Climate as an ebook for iPad or iPhone available here for $4.99.

Wednesday, December 19:

8:15 AM – 10:40 AM (1st and 2nd Periods): Global H2O class, Arms Building

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM School Meeting Talk: Memorial Building, Large Auditorium

6:30 PM-7:45 PM Evening Open Q & A: Garonzik Auditorium

Thursday, December 20:

9:05 AM-10:05 AM & 10:10 AM-11:10 PM (5th and 6th Periods): The Deerfield Room (extra seating will be available)! Open to all “free” students and faculty to join in on a discussion with Political Philosophy and City Lights students—this session will consider the environmental, ecological, and political impact of global urbanization and continue the conversation from school meeting.